U.S. Dept. of Interior requests comments on Native Hawaiian and United States relationship

For the record, the U.S. Dept. of Interior will start a long series of public meetings “in Hawaii and Indian Country,” at 9 a.m., tomorrow, June 23, 2014, at the Hawaii State Capitol, to consider “whether and how the process of reestablishing a government-to-government relationship should move forward,” according to a June 18 Department press release.

The Dept. of Interior is soliciting comments and feedback on “Procedures to Reestablish a Government-to-Government Relationship with the Native Hawaiian Community,” Regulation Identifier Number 1090-AB05.

The complete schedule of public meetings is listed at the end of this post.

The Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), made available on June 19 June 20 in the Federal Register, outlines “five threshold questions” that the Department of Interior wants addressed.

While attendance at consultation meetings is not required for public comment—other procedures are described in the press release at the bottom of this post— Native Hawaiians and others interested are encouraged to attend these meetings because they are the first and prime opportunity to be heard by the U.S. and because they will be educational in terms of what is legal under international law.

Leaders and members of the Native Hawaiian community and federally recognized Indian tribes, Hawaii state agencies, and the general public including citizens of Ka Lahui Hawaii are expected to comment. The questions stated in the June 18 press release of the Department of Interior, that were previously reported in this post, were updated in the June 20 Federal Register, that is, the questions are not the same. Please refer to the Federal Register

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Public Meetings in Hawaii – June 23 through July 8, 2014

Oahu

Monday, June 23 — Honolulu – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium

Monday, June 23 — Waimanalo – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School

Tuesday, June 24 — Waianae Coast – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Nanaikapono Elementary School

Wednesday, June 25 — Kaneohe – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Heeia Elementary School

Thursday, June 26 — Kapolei – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Makakilo Elementary School

Lanai

Friday, June 27 — Lanai City – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Lanai Senior Center

Molokai

Saturday, June 28 — Kaunakakai – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Kaunakakai Elementary School

Kauai

Monday, June 30 — Waimea – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Waimea Neighborhood Center

Tuesday, July 1 — Kapaa – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Kapaa Elementary School

Hawaii Island

Wednesday, July 2 — Hilo – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Keaukaha Elementary School

Thursday, July 3 — Waimea – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Waimea Community Center

Thursday, July 3 — Kona – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Kealakehe High School

Maui

Saturday, July 5 — Hana – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hana High and Elementary School

Monday, July 7 — Lahaina – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
King Kamehameha III Elementary School

Tuesday, July 8 — Kahului – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Pomaikai Elementary School

Indian Country Consultations – July 29 through August 7, 2014

Tuesday, July 29 — Minnesota – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN

Wednesday, July 30 — South Dakota – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Rushmore Civic Center, Rapid City, SD

Friday, August 1 — Washington – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tulalip Resort, Seattle, WA

Tuesday, August 5 — Arizona – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale, AZ

Thursday, August 7 — Connecticut – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT

To submit comments without attending a meeting, please see the Department of Interior’s press release in full (click on this link):

The news release from the U.S. Department of Interior

Posted by Rebekah

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